Marbled & Stenciled Background with Resist Spray

Hello!  I’m thrilled to be a Guest Designer on the Frilly & Funkie blog this month!  Our Hostess, Suzanne, has chosen the following as this month’s theme:

In 8 B.C. the Roman Senate honored Augustus Caesar, the first Roman emperor, by changing the name of their month “Sextilis” to “Augustus.”  On his deathbed, Augustus boasted “I found a Rome of bricks; I leave to you one of marble.”  For this challenge create a vintage or shabby chic project using marble, arches or columns.  You can try out a fun marbling technique, use an arch or column shapes in your art.

little girl

My design was made using products I had on hand and I decided to try a marbling technique.  I had done the shaving cream technique years ago and liked that, but didn’t have any shaving cream.  I found and followed this video from YouTube, and my results were okay, certainly not as good as the video instructor’s!  My background was made with Hickory Smoke and Pumice Stone distress inks on glossy cardstock, drying in between adding layers of color, but I used only used Pumice Stone on the first layer.


My marbled background needed something more.  I have a gorgeous Flourish stencil (6×6) from Prima Marketing that I used on my background with Shadow Grey Archival Ink, intentionally having dark and light areas.  When that was dry, I placed the background and stencil in a box and added Distress Resist spray.  Don’t forget to place your stencil in water right away after using this and to clean the nozzle on the bottle.  I sprinkled on Ranger Silver embossing powder here and there and heated.  Love the texture of the resist spray with embossing powder and it really enhanced my background.  After taking these photos, I inked around the edges with Vintage Photo and Black Soot DOX.

marble with stencilmarble with resist spray

Since the marbling wasn’t really prominent, I decided to add a few “arches” by using the Tim Holtz Stacked Archway dies for the picture of the Found Relatives (Occasions) and mat (TH Core-dinations).  The hairbow is colored with Spun Sugar and Tattered Rose distress inks (used same for the ribbon).  The lace underneath was white, but I colored it with Vintage Photo DOX and rinsed out just so it wasn’t white.

with lace with lace and ribbon

The little girl in the photo looks afraid, maybe from the situation or a change in her life.   My sister’s idea was she and her family immigrated to America from another country and so I chose the Typed Token “Hope” and Quote Chip “Be Brave”.  The token and chip were colored with Vintage Photo Distress crayon and I dabbed Mushroom alcohol ink on it as well.

bow and token

My finishing touches were the TH 3-D Impresslit Scallops  – love these!  I used a scrap of TH copper Kraft-Core (Metallic Collection) and colored with Prima Metallique waxes, Brushed Iron and then White Gold.  Next I added Distress crayons – Vintage Photo, Picket Fence and Black Soot, and dabbed on Mushroom alcohol ink.  I played around with all of these until I achieved the look I wanted.


I enjoyed playing around with different products to create this card, and hope you’ve enjoyed it as well.  Thanks for stopping by!

little girl2


About Marty Fishman

Hi, I'm Marty! I love paper crafting, especially making favorites are Christmas cards. I am blessed to have a wonderful family: my husband of over 32 years, my son and daughter, and three fur babies (a cat and 2 dogs). View all posts by Marty Fishman

5 responses to “Marbled & Stenciled Background with Resist Spray

  • sewpaperpaint

    Marty, biggest congratulations on your guest design post! How exciting! You certainly nailed this challenge theme with this to die for background. I would totally buy this on a paper rack!!! I love how you framed this darling girl and used the vintage lace trim in the backing. Your bow looks amazing and the pink gives life to the soft colors. This is totally beautiful and inspiring! I just got this scallop die and can’t wait to play with it!!! ❤ Big hugs, Autumn


  • Sara Emily Barker

    Dear Marty! Wow! You rocked this marbling technique! You’ve added the perfect elements to this background to show it off! I love the framed Christmas Found Relative and that beautiful fluffy bow! And your Impresslits have really wowed me! I wish we lived closer so we could craft together. I’m just a little jealous of our friend, Autumn, who has had the pleasure! I am super excited you were our GDT at Frilly and Funkie and you did a WONDERFUL job! This is a new favorite for me! Sending hugs!


  • Hamburger Kartenwerkstatt - 100% für Erlenbusch

    That’s very beautiful! I love this marbling effect !


  • Sybrina K

    Hi Marty! Hope all is well! I just love your gorgeous marbled background! (You are so good with those Distress inks!!!) May just have to get that resist spray after all. Hmmm…


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